06/20/19 6:00am

RNGY wines are available by the flight, glass or bottle at the Riverhead tasting room. (Credit: Madison Fender)

The rebranding of Martha Clara Vineyard into RGNY is not just in name only. Under new ownership, the Riverhead vineyard’s tagline “Modern Tradition” is evident in all facets of the operation from décor to winemaking philosophy. (more…)

06/17/19 6:00am

The Good Libations cocktail truck has been a crowd pleaser in recent years. (Credit: David Benthal)

The craft cocktails and award-winning wines of the North Fork are rolling into a backyard near you. Convenience and quality — and perhaps a dash of novelty — are making mobile cocktail bars a go-to for backyard barbecues, bridal showers, birthday parties and just about any private event.  (more…)

06/07/19 5:55am

The Saucy Sally with beet, mint and pom seeds is one of the drinks on the ‘cocktail’ list. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

Looking for a fun night out on the town with friends sans the morning hangover? You’re not alone.

The growing “sober curious” trend has more people occasionally forgoing traditional cocktails, wine and beer in an attempt to lead a healthier lifestyle. The idea is to give up the alcohol, but not the social perks of meeting pals at the bar. (more…)

05/31/19 5:55am

Robin Epperson-McCarthy, owner and winemaker at Saltbird Cellars, won the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Award. (Credit: Madison Fender Photography)

Saltbird Cellars owner and winemaker Robin Epperson-McCarthy is heading to California this summer after winning a prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Award. (more…)

05/11/19 6:00am

Credit: Vera Chinese

I don’t have an expansive wine cellar, but I do have one. It’s in a corner of our basement against an outside wall, where it stays mostly cool year-round. It’s also a disorganized disaster of a mess. And that might be understating the situation.

But, as I slowly try to dig through it and drink down my cellar to a more manageable size, I’ve found some real treasures — older local wines that in many cases I didn’t realize I had. I opened some with friends just to see how they were tasting. They varied in years from 1997 to 2006 and, while a couple of them were probably beyond their peak drinking, not a single one of them was what I’d call a clunker.

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